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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 245499
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Type:Silhouette image of generic EXEC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
RotorWay Exec 162HDF
Registration: F-WSPM
MSN: 8142
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Saint Pierre et Miquelon -   St. Pierre and Miquelon
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Saint Pierre and Miquelon private helipad
Destination airport:Saint Pierre and Miquelon private helipad
Investigating agency: BEA
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The helicopter took off into the wind. It reached an altitude of around 20 m and turned 180 to head south. Shortly after this turn, the aircraft rolled around 45 to the left, quickly lost height and violently struck the ground.

Contributing factors
Factors that may have contributed to the loss of control :
- the use of an "oblique" take-off technique in turbulent and tailwind conditions, although the site does not require such a practice;
- the positioning of the helicopter for a photo shoot which restricted the possibilities of the take-off trajectory.

Factors that may have contributed to the lack of recovery of control of the helicopter:
- a late reaction of the pilot to counteract the abrupt departure in left roll which required prompt actions and significant amplitudes;
- the left forward C of G of the helicopter due to the absence of a balance weight that could limit control travel in certain sectors;
- the high mass associated with refueling and passenger carrying offering little reserve engine power.
It is possible that the pilot's lack of experience on helicopters contributed to the pilot not being sufficiently precise to fly safely in a marginal part of the EXEC162's flight envelope.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years 1 month
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

09-Dec-2020 20:42 harro Added
12-Jul-2021 16:08 harro Updated [Accident report]

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